The future of Linux

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Tue Jun 11 00:10:21 CEST 2013

On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 7:57 AM, Rich Shepard <rshepard at> wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Jun 2013, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> What exactly do you mean by that? Just the workspace switcher? Because if
>> there's a way to have multiple "desktops" with drastically different
>> settings (eg screen resolution), I really want to hear about it :)
>   What I mean is that I don't use Thunar or other applications bundled with
> Xfce. On my server/workstation I keep 10 virtual desktops open; on my
> notebook only 4. But, I use the window manager, too. I prefer command line
> tools for almost all my work.

Yeah, my usage basically is: Text editor and web browser, pinned to
all workspaces; roughly forty-two million terminal windows, scattered
throughout. I tend to add workspaces casually (hmm, need to sort out
Server X - grab a new workspace, terminal window with SSH, another one
with a system monitor, etc). Very simple usage.

>   I've no idea if multiple resolutions can be accommodated in different
> desktops. Since I use only the native 1440x900 on my LCD monitors I've no
> reason to try others. I also have my LCD project set to that resolution so
> it works with my notebook.

The only reason I ask is because VirtualBox runs a Windows guest in
the current Linux resolution. If that Windows guest switches to
full-screen mode, it just uses a tiny piece of screen in the middle,
instead of scaling it up. In theory, I ought to be able to set the
Linux screen res to 640x480 and stretch the display; but I don't want
to disrupt all my previously-arranged workspaces full of terminals.
Hence, if I could have one workspace that's at a different screen res,
that'd be ubercool. But I suspect that's not possible.


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